Arizona Mom Cleared And Released From Death Row In The Killing Of Her Son

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Debra Milke speaks out after being on death row for 23 years. She was charged with the murder of her son.

Debra Milke is free after spending over 20 years on death row for the murder of her son, Christopher who was 4 years old at the time.

She was accused of killing Christopher because she simply, no longer wanted the child, nor did she want the child to live with his father.

According to investigators, she wanted to cash in on a $5000 insurance policy in the child’s name.

Along with Milke, two men were accused of the murder and sentenced to death

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Debra Milke with son Christopher.

As CNN reports, “Death Row Debbie’s” conviction was overturned in March due to prosecutorial misconduct after it was found that the lead detective in the case lied repeatedly under oath.

Lead detective Armando Saldate had testified that Milke had confessed to the crime yet there were no other witnesses present nor were there any recordings of the confession.

Prosecutors in the original trial failed to disclose that the lead detective in the case has had prior misconduct issues.

After 23 years on death row, she has been exonerated by the judicial courts but court of public opinion still questions her innocence.

Since her release, Milke has filed a lawsuit against the city of Phoenix, Maricopa County and several former Phoenix police alleging the violation of her civil rights. She also claims that she was denied a fair trial and that she was a victim prosecution.

According to Inquisitr, authorities have no plans to file charges against Detective Armando Saldate based on Milke’s accusations.

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  1. I used to live in Chandler Arizona (moved out because it’s too hot there). I think Debra Jean Milke was guilty of murdering her son, though her lawyers say otherwise. Jurors who convicted her in 1990 have said there was other proof independent of Det. Saldate’s to convict her of Murder 1 & that her Murder 1 conviction should have been upheld.

    With Detective Saldate, yes he was arrogant and haughty. Yes, there are past complaints about his conduct such as accusations of Detective Saldate sexually harassing/abusing women he arrested. It’s alleged that Det. Saldate would tell women he arrested or would arrest that if the women didn’t have sex with him, he would arrest them for a crime (whether it happened or not) or that if the women have sex with him, that he’d see to it that the women were not arrested if the women committed crimes. If true, then Det. Saldate should have been prosecuted for sexually abusing women and hopefully convicted. It’s illegal for cops to do this just as it’s illegal (theft) for a cop to tell a person that if the person doesn’t give the cop money, then the cops will arrest the person for a crime.

    Incidentally, it’s a crime for corrections officers to have sex with inmates and there have even been cases of women corrections officers going to jail for having sex with men in prison. Usually in these cases, the cops, corrections officers, etc. who are accused of this are fired by Internal affairs, as police depts. & corrections don’t want this kind of bad publicity if let’s say a correction officer is arrested and prosecuted for having sex with women inmates. In sexual harassment cases, if let’s say an employer were to tell a woman worker that if she doesn’t have sex with him, that he’ll fire her, the employer could go to jail for sexual harassment crime, rape or sex abuse. Most sexual harassment cases usually result with lawsuits rather than criminal prosecution, but a person can go to jail for sexual harassment, as sexual harassment violates Federal laws against discrimination.

    Detective Saldate may have a bad history for which he should’ve gone to jail for if true. Detective Saldate should have been fired for sexually harassing women he arrested and Detective Saldate should have gone to jail for sexually harassing and sexually abusing women. Phoenix Police Dept. should have taken more seriously the accusations against Det. Saldate. But though Det. Saldate may have done this, that doesn’t change that Debra killed her son hiring 2 others. My view is that Debra Jean Milke’s Murder 1 conviction should have been upheld but here, it has been reversed and we’re not even going to get a 2nd jury trial.

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  2. With my earlier post see http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2012/01/19/female-corrections-officer-pleads-guilty-to-sex-with-inmate/ Again, if it’s true Det. Saldate had sex with women he arrested or if he had sex with women by telling them that if the women didn’t have sex with him, then he’d arrest them for crimes (whether they happened or not), then Det. Saldate should’ve been arrested & hopefully convicted of sex abuse/rape. But though Det. Saldate may have done this, that doesn’t change that Debra killed her son hiring 2 others. My view is that Debra Jean Milke’s Murder 1 conviction should have been upheld but here, it has been reversed and we’re not even going to get a 2nd jury trial.

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